W w


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wont, wawnt]
    • /wɒnt, wɔnt/
    • /wɒnt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wont, wawnt]
    • /wɒnt, wɔnt/

Definitions of want word

  • verb with object want to feel a need or a desire for; wish for: to want one's dinner; always wanting something new. 1
  • verb with object want to wish, need, crave, demand, or desire (often followed by an infinitive): I want to see you. She wants to be notified. 1
  • verb with object want to be without or be deficient in: to want judgment; to want knowledge. 1
  • verb with object want to fall short by (a specified amount): The sum collected wants but a few dollars of the desired amount. 1
  • verb with object want to require or need: The house wants painting. 1
  • verb without object want to feel inclined; wish; like (often followed by to): We can stay home if you want. 1

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Origin of want

First appearance:

before 1150
One of the 7% oldest English words
1150-1200; Middle English wante < Old Norse vanta to lack

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Want


want popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

want usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for want

noun want

  • lack — deficiency or absence of something needed, desirable, or customary: lack of money; lack of skill.
  • absence — Someone's absence from a place is the fact that they are not there.
  • need — a requirement, necessary duty, or obligation: There is no need for you to go there.
  • dearth — If there is a dearth of something, there is not enough of it.
  • default — If a person, company, or country defaults on something that they have legally agreed to do, such as paying some money or doing a piece of work before a particular time, they fail to do it.

verb want

  • feel like — of the same form, appearance, kind, character, amount, etc.: I cannot remember a like instance.
  • crave — If you crave something, you want to have it very much.
  • covet — If you covet something, you strongly want to have it for yourself.
  • aspire — If you aspire to something such as an important job, you have a strong desire to achieve it.
  • choose — If you choose someone or something from several people or things that are available, you decide which person or thing you want to have.

adjective want

Antonyms for want

noun want

  • dislike — to regard with displeasure, antipathy, or aversion: I dislike working. I dislike oysters.
  • distaste — dislike; disinclination.
  • hate — to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward; detest: to hate the enemy; to hate bigotry.
  • hatred — the feeling of one who hates; intense dislike or extreme aversion or hostility.
  • indifference — lack of interest or concern: We were shocked by their indifference toward poverty.

verb want

  • have — Usually, haves. an individual or group that has wealth, social position, or other material benefits (contrasted with have-not).
  • spurn — to reject with disdain; scorn.
  • despise — If you despise something or someone, you dislike them and have a very low opinion of them.

Top questions with want

  • what boys want?
  • what wemon want?
  • you can't alway get what you want?
  • i want to know what love is?
  • you can 't always get what you want?
  • you can't always get what you want?
  • you cannot always get what you want?
  • you can' t always get what you want?
  • what womens want?
  • what women want?
  • what woman want?
  • you can t always get what you want?
  • why do you want to work here?
  • what do you want?
  • what do i want for christmas?

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